The Philadelphia Police Department has leveraged technology in several cutting-edge initiatives to make the neighborhood in which you live and work a safer place for the entire community. Information moves at an unprecedented pace in our globally connected world, and the PPD has recently harnessed the power of critical digital and web technologies as a tool for crime prevention and investigation.
Here is one such example....
2:45pm – The victim leaves her house for the market to buy an afternoon snack.
3:00pm – The victim’s mother realizes that her daughter should have returned home. She checks the corner store where she was supposed to be and cannot locate her daughter.
3:10pm – The victim’s mother calls 911 to report her daughter missing.
3:15pm – The victim returns home and informs her mother that she had been abducted and sexually assaulted.
3:20pm – Police are dispatched to the victim’s home and begin the investigation.
3:45pm – 25th District officers notify the Special Victims Unit and investigators are dispatched.
4:20pm – Officers interview the store owners and view surveillance video.
5:15pm – A photo of a male fitting the description of the offender is discovered by investigators.
5:50pm – SVU investigators send the photo to the Public Affairs Unit.
6:10pm – The photo is released to the public via the news media.
6:20pm – A concerned Philadelphian recognizes this dangerous offender and directs police to his residence.
6:25pm – Marcise Turner (black male, 22 years-of-age, of the 2000 block of East Huntingdon Street) is arrested by 26th District officers.
A dangerous criminal commits an unspeakable crime at 3pm and is brought to justice before the end of the evening news. This is a shining example of the results that can be achieved when Philadelphians stand up for their fellow citizens.